The EC’s issuance of a ‘yellow card’ has seriously harmed seafood export businesses and fishermen have suffered heavy losses from the warning. EU yellow card matter dominates seafood businesses Cao Thi Kim Lan, director of Binh Dinh Seafood Joint Stock Company (Bidifisco) says a sense of deep loss has been felt throughout the company since EC issued a ‘yellow card’ warning against Vietnam. In the six months since the warning was deliviered, Vietnam’s seafood industry has faced a number of difficulties when seeking entry to the EU market. Every year, the company exports aquatic products worth about US$60 million (tuna makes up 75% of the total output), with 70% exported to the EU market. Vietnamese businesses have suffered heavy losses from the warning. So far, the company has committed to saying no to trading in illegally exploited seafood products, says Ms Lan. Ms Lan notes that businesses find it difficult to access the fishing logs of fishermen, leading to late confirmations, and causing difficulties in the preparation of documents for export. State agencies stipulate that fishermen submit their fishing logs to the fishing port, she says. Nguyen Hoai Nam, vice general secretary of VASEP says, the issuance has affected… Read full this story
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